Posts Tagged ‘change’


40 For The Next 40

Change is one of the most constants in the world. Toffler Associates have published a sampling of the 40 drivers of change that they belive will shape the future between now and 2050. As change agents, many of these drivers will affect how we work as Extension professionals. To read the entire article go to:

Garee W. Earnest
Leader, Extension HR


Leadership for Tomorrow Conference

Registration is now open for OSU Extension’s Leadership for Tomorrow Conference to be held April 21-22 at The Westin Hotel in Columbus. Visit for more information. We are facing tough economic times today, but strong leadership is essential to the survival of all organizations. General sessions will focus on leadership skills and strategies needed when the economy rebounds and recovers, emphasizing personal examples and thought processes about how to reinvent, re-create, and re-energize oneself, one’s business, and one’s employees.

The Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee will provide a brief welcome to kick off the conference on April 21. General session speakers include Joyce Beatty, Ohio State’s senior vice president for Outreach and Engagement; Wiley “Chip” Souba, vice president and executive dean for health sciences and dean of Ohio State’s College of Medicine; Julie Graber, managing director of The Institute on Women; and Carole Anderson, dean of Ohio State’s College of Dentistry.

Concurrent breakout sessions will address innovation, prioritizing, diversity, globalization, creating prominence; collaboration/partnering; facilitation; inspiration/motivation; teaching tools; and maximizing creativity. The conference will conclude with a panel discussion about Generational Perspectives on Leadership moderated by Keith Smith, associate vice president, Agricultural Administration and director, OSU Extension.

The Leadership for Tomorrow: Strategies for Resurgence Conference is sponsored by OSU Extension; the Gist Endowed Chair for Extension Education and Leadership; the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; and Epsilon Sigma Phi – Alpha Eta Chapter. If you have any questions, contact Cheryl Buck (; 614-292-4880).


Leading in Challenging Times

Extension professionals might be interested in the following professional development opportunity from the OSU Leadership Center…

The OSU Leadership Center is presenting a workshop titled Leading Organizations in these Challenging Times on  February 23, 2010. Today change has become a constant element of our work in leadership.  Presenter is Dr. L.H. Newcomb, Professor Emeritus from The Ohio State University.  He has been involved and led much change throughout his career.

For more information, click here or contact Jeff King, Director, OSU Leadership Center and Extension Specialist, Department of Human and Community Resource Development at or 614-247-5034.


Hamel blogs about what kills great companies

Good post titled What Really Kills Great Companies: Inertia from management guru Gary Hamel. Interesting comparison between organized religion and our own organizations He says “What’s true  for churches is true for other institutions:  the older and more organized they get,  the less adaptable they become.   That’s why the most resilient things in our world—biological life,  stock markets, the Internet—are loosely organized.”

Graham Cochran, OSU Extension Human Resources